U.S. healthcare: quality problems among vulnerable older patients

This statistic shows quality problems among vulnerable older patients in the United States. Inappropriate medication accounts for three percent of all quality problems occuring within the treatment of such patients.

Quality problems among vulnerable older patients in the U.S.*

Share of total
Failure to prescribe when
called for by guidelines
50%
Inadequate monitoring36%
Inadequate education/
continuity/documentation
19%
Inappropriate medication3%
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Source

Release date

April 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

2005

Supplementary notes

* Quality indicators were developed and implemented based on systematic literature reviews and multiple layers of expert judgment.

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